Health Secretary, Nicola Sturgeon, announced today that the preferred minimum price for alcohol will be 50p per unit. Commenting on the announcement SGF Chief Executive, John Drummond, said:
“Today’s announcement does nothing to change our mind about the impact of this regressive and disproportionate measure which will punish low income and moderate drinkers and do little to change the harmful drinking habits of those who already buy products well above the minimum unit price.
“Minimum pricing will drive up illicit, cross-border and internet sales to the detriment of indigenous Scottish retailers, whilst any profit arising from increased prices would be more than offset by falling sales.
“If all of this wasn’t bad enough, the legality of the measure remains uncertain.
“The fact is, and as experience tells us, this sort of blunt intervention inevitably punishes the retailer, juvenilises the consumer and rarely places any responsibility on the individual.”